Try Kayaking for FREE - NM Outdoor Expo, Aug 15-16

Albuquerque Shooting Range
16001 Shooting Range Road NW
Albuquerque, NM
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From I-25 and I-40: Take I-40 westbound, toward Gallup. Exit at the Atrisco Vista off-ramp (Exit 149). Turn right onto Atrisco Vista Blvd. Continue north 4.2 miles. Turn left onto Shooting Range Road. Continue west 2.6 miles to the park entrance. Ask any DGF ranger for directions to the kayak 'pool'.
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Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 9:00am - Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 4:00pm


Expo ALBUQUERQUE – Have you ever wanted to feel what it’s like to shoot a muzzleloader, shotgun, pistol or bow and arrow? Maybe you’d like to take a crack at catching a lunker catfish, tying a fishing fly or paddling a kayak in the 55 x 55 square foot pool! New Mexico Kayak Instruction and volunteers from Kayak New Mexico and the Greater Albuquerque / Santa Fe Kayak Meetup will be on hand to expose ~2,000 kids to paddling a kayak!

People of all ages can learn or practice those skills for free – safely and with expert instruction – Saturday and Sunday at the 15th annual New Mexico Outdoor Expo at Albuquerque Shooting Range Park. The family friendly event will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4p.m Sunday. Visitors are encouraged to bring children, hats and sunscreen – and be prepared to have a blast.

“The Expo is a wonderful opportunity for the Department of Game and Fish, our volunteers and partners to show people how to safely enjoy the lifetime sports of hunting, fishing and shooting,” said Jennifer Morgan, the department’s hunter education coordinator. “We’re always excited to help families learn new ways to enjoy the outdoors or renew family traditions that allow grandparents, parents and kids to enjoy hunting and fishing in New Mexico.”

Certified instructors will provide one-on-one instruction in how to safely shoot .22 rifles and pistols, shotguns and muzzleloaders. Expert archers will provide hands-on guidance with bows and arrows, and experienced anglers will teach fly and spin casting, and show how to tie fishing flies that really catch fish. Participants with a hankering to throw an atlatl can try the ancient skill with the help of archaeologists. And of course, the always popular fishing pool will be filled with large catfish for visitors to catch and release.

Other activities include a kayak pool, climbing wall and fishing demonstrations featuring live game fish in a huge aquarium. Visitors also can learn the rules of the off-road and how to safely operate an off-highway vehicle on the department’s OHV simulator. Dozens of organizations, sporting clubs and other groups will be on hand to promote outdoor recreation and conservation.

To get to the Albuquerque Shooting Range Park from Albuquerque, take Interstate 40 west to the top of nine-mile hill and exit on Atrisco Vista. Go north on Atrisco Vista 4.2 miles to the park sign, and then go west 2.6 miles to the range. For more information, please call (505) 222-4731 or visit


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Kelly has a way of transferring his passion for kayaking to everyone who attends a talk, lesson or paddles with him.  A very patient and conscientious instructor, I always feel safe during lessons on and off the river.  Not only does Kelly teach the sport, he finds ways to help you find your niche and meet others who share the same interest.  In addition, the other instructors he brings along are equally as knowledgeable and helpful.  If you haven't tried kayaking or want to hone your skills, this is a great place to start.

Susan Brockway  -  Los Alamos National Laboratory
I took the Intro to Kayaking (level 1) class and it was GREAT. I'd actually done a lot of different types of kayaking (touring, sea, whitewater), but had never gotten any formal instruction. Wow, what a difference a few hours makes. I learned a lot of technique that I had been lacking. Kelly is a great instructor and I was impressed with how efficiently the class was put together. He is passionate about enabling people to participate in the sport that he loves. Definitely recommend this class to anyone interested in learning to kayak!
Tracy Davis  -  experienced kayaker
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